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Saturday, August 19, 2006

ULTIMATE AVENGERS: HOMELAND SECURITY review
posted by Bahoot Studios

I know it’s a little too late to review this book but since I currently bought it and with the new ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2 DVD already out, I would like to expound on the story the animated movie was loosely based on.

After the heroic rescue of the ULTIMATES from the rampage of the HULK, the city was slowly recovering but unknown to them a new ALIEN is coming their way. Fresh from the previous battle the team struggles to unite again with a little help from their new members namely Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

This is the first time the Chitauri was mentioned in the book. They are alien beings sent all over to initially “fix” the universe. During World War II, they allied with the Nazi’s to develop a super weapon but was eventually foiled by Captain America, but this battle left him in an ice prison which would be later found more than 50 years later.

The Chitaure is the ULTIMATE-ized version of the Skrulls. The use of these characters were a great move for Mark Millar in which he introduced established villains in the Marvel Universe in a more threatening and logical approach. The Chitaure helped tied the story of the previous story arc of Steve Rogers at the same time made readers aware of what Captain American is about.

Other new characters to the book are Hawkeye and Black Widow. Hawkeye as a character seemed to me as uninteresting, for me his like a rugged version of Captain America with arrows. It didn’t appeal to me that much. But Millar’s rendition of the character made him an essential character to the group. By highlighting that he is the only human soldier with no meta-human abilities in this superhuman team made him a grounding force to the high powered line up and the look Bryan Hitch created for him was a nice change from the violet pointy eared costume. Black Widow on the other hand is Russia’s answer to Captain America during the height of the Cold War. Widow for me is an under used character in the Marvel universe for obvious reasons since she was suppose to be created during the Cold War, her significance does dwindle down as time marches forward. But since she was used by Millar in the ULTIAMTES series, I think Marvel realized the potential of this character.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the children of Magneto were already introduced by the Millar during his run in the ULTIMATE X-MEN books. These characters were a great addition since they were part of Avengers during the early years in the original MARVEL UNIVERSE. In their ULTIMATE universe the mutant sibling were like Angelina Jolie and his brother during the rumors of their incestuous lifestyle. The ingenious dialogue written by Millar for these characters only further highlights their arrogance for being Mutant Supremacist.

The development of the characters was the most thrilling in this story arc for we follow the team as they further realize the consequences of their actions such as Hank’s regret towards beating his own wife to Roger’s John Wayne styled justice. This rich interaction of characters with current social problems is the strong point of the ULTIMATES books for it does not dumb down the reader but rather entices him/her to relate with the characters not as superheroes but rather as human beings.

The action sequences and the witty lines were always a thrill to read for you know your getting your money’s worth as Thor hammer’s down the alien spaceship or when Ironman/Tony Stark’s sharp quips.

Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch did a great job in this book, I do hope the next team Loeb and Madurera would do respect the books quality stories.

I give this book a 10 out of 10

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